Donald Perea Named as Jeannie Moore Suspect

Police Donald Perea  Donald Perea – who was described as a “wayfaring stranger” when he died in 2012 in Pueblo, Colorado – was named as the suspect in the 1981 cold case of hitchhiker Jeannie Marie Moore, who was only 18-years-old when she was murdered, authorities revealed in a press conference  According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Jeannie Moore left her home on August 25, 1981 to work at the Tenneco gas station at 13th and Wadsworth Five days later, on August 30, 1981, her body “was found by picnickers in Genesee Park south of I-70 ” “Based on the statistics and the DNA, this is the guy,” investigator Mitch Morrissey said of Donald Perea, who was identified using the same genealogical DNA process that was used to nab the man accused of being the Golden State Killer The revolutionary crime-fighting technique has solved cold cases all over the United States  Here’s how the process works. Police submit crime scene DNA of an unidentified suspect to open-source genealogical websites Then, if they come up with a partial match to a family member – even a distant family member – they are able to map out the suspect’s family tree Working backwards, they then use traditional shoe-leather detective work to pinpoint the likely suspects in the tree Finally, they obtain the suspect’s DNA and match it to the DNA left at the crime scene  Here’s what you need to know:Jeannie Marie Moore Died From ‘Blows to the Head’  Jeannie Marie Moore  Moore’s cause of death was bludgeoning, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which wrote that an autopsy showed “death was caused by blows to the head ”  “Jeannie Moore was wearing blue jeans and a peach colored sweater, carrying a brown leather purse with a mushroom design and a blue bandana for a strap Anyone with information regarding this case, is asked to please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office,” CBI wrote  The one major clue over the years was a red car that Jeannie was seen getting in It had pulled over to the gas station to pick her up, and she had trouble getting the passenger door to open so the driver “leaned over and opened the door from within,” according to the Denver Post, which described that vehicle as “a 1969 or 1970 Ford LTD or Galaxy, possibly with a black vinyl top ”Perea, Who Sold Home Care Products, Wrote on Facebook That He Was ‘Against Killing’  ‌  Although authorities say that Perea was secretly a killer, on social media he presented a different picture His Facebook page is still active, even though he died in 2012 at the age of 54. He wrote on Facebook that he was an independent business owner selling home care products  That year, he shared a news story on Navy sniper Chris Kyle. “I was always against killing, but after this story I don’t know what to think I have a son in the Army and a daughter in the Navy. Knowing that there are men out there watching out for our troops I feel better Mr Kyle killed to save lifes. Read the book and deside for yourselfs,” he wrote. He expressed support for the Broncos and filled his Facebook page with religious references “Kids with special needs aren’t weird or odd. They only want what everyone wants… to be accepted Can I make a request? Is anyone willing to post this and leave it on your status for at least 1 hour? It is Special Education week & Autism Awareness Month, and this is in honor of all children made in a unique way You never understand a situation until you are faced with it,” he wrote.Perea’s Obituary Described Him as a ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ & Said He Was Married 25 Years  ‌  In Mary 2012, the Pueblo Chieftain ran an obituary for Donald Steve Perea, which called him a “wayfaring stranger” and said he had died at Parkview Medical Center He also went by the name of Steve Perea. He was married for 25 years and was survived by four children and two grandchildren, his mother, siblings, and other relatives  He requested that no services be held. “This wayfaring stranger is content to have gone home,” the obituary read Perea Also Described Himself as a ‘Computer Networking Professional   An old LinkedIn page in Perea’s name describes him as a computer networking professional The page says that he went to Colorado State University – Pueblo. Perea died of health issues that were not disclosed, authorities said in a news release

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